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Couch to 5K complete beginners' course

- 17th Sep 2018

The next C25K course will be starting on Tuesday, 23rd October, 7.00pm, from the Community Centre, Turncroft Lane, Stockport SK1 4BN.

The community centre is at the entrance to the main Woodbank car park.

This course is suitable for people who have no running experience and starts with more walking than running and gradually builds up to running for 30 minutes.

Fully supported by England Athletics' coaches and held under the auspices of Stockport Harriers.

Cost is £24 for the full 8 week course.

For further information please contact Alexis [dot] dinsmor [at] ntlworld [dot] com


Winter Competition Guide 2018/2019

- 5th Sep 2018

We've developed a club-wide Winter Competition guide that aims to inspire and provide key information for TEAM STOCKPORT, spanning all age groups and disciplines.

We will update the document later in the season when further events/information becomes available.

Do speak to coaches and relevant contacts if any questions, and look at the notice board and Facebook page for more details about individual events.

We hope all members find this useful.


Winter Race Series 2018/19

- 2nd Sep 2018

No need to register just compete in as many of the races listed below as possible. You must enter the race as a Stockport Harrier and wear your club vest. The results will be checked, and relevant points awarded to each competitor. Cash prizes awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female with the highest number of points. This will be based on the number of races completed and not on placings in the race. If you are unable to compete in the Stockport 10 race or Star & Garter 5k but marshal, you will receive 5 points.

Cross Country races: if you didn’t compete in MACCL last season, men should register via Kevan Garner – kevan [dot] garner [at] talktalk [dot] net and women via Alexis Dinsmor – alexis [dot] dinsmor [at] ntlworld [dot] com Extra points awarded for Manchester Area Cross Country League (MACCL) as shown below (*).

Cross Country distances: first distance shown is for senior women, the second is for senior men.

Date Race Distance Points
October   
13th MACCL Wythenshawe Park XC 8k/9.6k  10*
Any Marple parkrun 5k 5
27th Univ of Manchester XC Relays XC 3k. 5
November   
10th MACCL Kenworthy Woods XC 8k/9.6k 10*
25th Famous Grouse Fell – Birch Vale Fell 5 miles (1,250’) 5
December    
1st MACCL Woodbank Park XC 8k/9.6k 10*
9th Stockport 10 10 miles 15
26th Star & Garter 5k 5k 5
31st Bowstones Fell Race 7 miles 10
January   
12th MACCL Heaton Park XC 8k/9.6k 10*
20th Three Halls of Stockport 11 miles 15
26th Northern XC Champs Pontefract  XC 8k/12k 15
February   
9th MACCL Kenworthy Woods XC 8k/9.6k 10*
17th Stockport Trail Half Marathon 13.1 miles 20
23rd National XC Champs - Harewood House nr Leeds XC 8k/12k 15*
March   
Any Cheadle Hulme parkrun 5k 5
3rd High Legh 10k 10k 10
24th Wilmslow HM Half Marathon 20

*XC – extra points awarded: 4 MACCL races = 5 extra points; 5 MACCL races = 10 extra points; Championship Races: if both done, 10 extra points


University of Manchester Cross Country Relays

- 27th Aug 2018

Saturday, 27th October.

Wythenshawe Sports Ground, Willenhall Road, Wythenshawe M23 0BD.

Men's and Mixed teams, 6 legs of 3.01km, women's teams, 3 legs of 3.01km.

This is a great afternoon of cross country racing at a local venue.

Last year we had 5 women's teams and three men's teams taking part at this event.

There is a great atmosphere with clubs and universities from throughout the UK taking part, and athletes of all abilities competing.

Kevan Garner will organise the men's teams and I will organise the women's teams, please contact us as soon as possible.

Many thanks


Manchester Area Cross Country League 2018/19

- 19th Aug 2018

Hope you're enjoying this lovely summer and I'm sure there are still many warm sunny days left but we have to look ahead to the Manchester Area Cross Country League which starts in October.

Dates for your diary:

All races are on a Saturday.
13th October, Wythenshawe
10th November, Kenworthy Woods
1st December, Woodbank
12th January, Heaton Park
9th February, Kenworthy Woods .

The turnout from our seniors has been falling off in the last few years and I'd really love our athletes to make the effort and enter this series of XC races this year.

I'm sure your coaches will confirm that racing cross country is enormously effective in developing strength, skill, stamina and mental toughness.

There is always a fantastic atmosphere in our SHAC gazebo, where we support our juniors and they stay after their races and give us lots of shouts of encouragement in return, and there are usually home made cakes, what's not to like!

Senior men Please contact Kevan Garner and senior women contact Alexis Dinsmor please.


Senior Northern Road Relay Championships

- 9th Aug 2018

The Northern Road Relay Championships take place on Sunday, 23rd September at SportCity, Manchester.

Each stage is approximately 5.4k. We'd really like to get as many teams as possible together to represent Stockport Harriers.

Please contact either James Scott-Buccleuch or Alexis Dinsmor ASAP if you will be available on the 23rd September to race. 


Important notice on behaviour

- 11th Jul 2018

Alongside all the super positive news stories coming out of Stockport Harriers on a regular basis, we are sorry to report that a number of newspaper articles featuring a small number of Junior athletes on display in the clubhouse have been wilfully defaced.

Following this discovery, the Welfare Secretaries, on behalf of the entire committee, would like to appeal to all users of the club house, members, and non-members alike, that they behave sportingly at all times, and do not resort to this kind of ill treatment of their fellow athletes.

These are just kids, and they don’t deserve to be treated like this for any reason, especially not for doing well. We should all be proud of them!

They should be able to expect to feel safe and supported, not hated.

This incident could have a huge effect on their self-esteem and desire to be part of the club.

We have probably all read the stats on the drop off rate among teens in athletics, so shouldn’t we be giving our talented teenage athletes as much positive reinforcement as we can to encourage them to stay?

Unsporting behaviour has no place at Stockport Harriers.

If you know anything about these incidents or have other welfare issues you would like help with, please contact Jen and Rachel your Welfare Officers.

You all follow Stockport Harriers, and we should all support and encourage one another each other in the name of sport regardless of our coaching group, parkrun time, or how many marathons we have run.

Let’s celebrate Team Stockport rather than bring our team mates down and our club into disrepute.


Hammer Cage Risk Assessment

- 19th Jun 2018

The link below is the risk assessment carried out by SHAC to allow the cage at the stadium to be opened up again for use in training and competition. Whilst many of you may not use the cage, the risk assessment has implications for ALL who use the track and I therefore require you to make yourself (and your children if applicable) fully aware of the contents of the risk assessment, identifying those areas that affect you.

All of the steps that are in this risk assessment have been considered at length and advice has been sort externally. It is essential that ALL athletes comply for their own safety and the safety of other users of the stadium.

This document is a "live" document and will be revised as is necessary, based upon any further incidents nationally and any full review that is to be conducted over the summer by UKA.

I thank you in advance for your co-operation in ensuring we continue to have a safe training environment at Stockport Harriers, where all can train and benefit from the great facilities that we have.


Membership renewal update

22nd Apr 2018

The BACS payment facility is now available for your membership payments (account: 19342879, sort code: 830425).

The forms on the website have been updated with the BACS details.

Many thanks for your patience.

BACS is now the preferred payment method as this saves much time and effort for the committee.

Additionally, the committee have agreed that all non-running members (social/volunteers/non-running coaches) should not pay a club membership fee. There is therefore now a FREE club membership category. If you have already paid and you feel you should have had a free membership please get in touch.

Also, many thanks to those who have completed their form and payment already. We are close to 200 paid members in the first 3 weeks. Great progress!


Stockport Harriers’ Kit

21st Apr 2018

Please note that the catalogue is in the process of being updated.

If you require further information regarding kit please email stockportharrierskit [at] gmail [dot] com.

Or keep an eye on Facebook for the times Kit Volunteers are at the Clubhouse